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Rockwall – The Northeast Texas Drug Interdiction task Force will receive nearly $300,000 from a stop along I-30 in 2004.
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Austin – The Texas House recently approved a bill that will raise car burglaries from a misdemeanor to a state jail felony. A&M-Commerce crime information officer Jason Bone said he's pleased to see the house approve the bill, and says it could have direct impact locally. Bone doesn't see the change having a major impact on actual enforcement of the law, however. The bill is now slated to go before the Texas Senate for consideration.

Commerce –
The A&M-Commerce Police Department has issued a crime alert after a purse snatching near the library this week. The robbery occurred around 10 pm with the suspect described as a 5 for 8 bald black male. The University Police are urging the public to be extra vigilant while walking at night on campus, staying in well-lit areas and keeping aware of the location of the blue-light emergency phones across campus. Anyone with information on the crime is urged to contact the UPD at 903-886-5873.

Commerce –
The A&M-Commerce Police Department has issued a crime alert after a purse snatching near the library this week. The robbery occurred around 10 pm with the suspect described as a 5 for 8 bald black male. The University Police are urging the public to be extra vigilant while walking at night on campus, staying in well-lit areas and keeping aware of the location of the blue-light emergency phones across campus. Anyone with information on the crime is urged to contact the UPD at 903-886-5873.

Wills Point – Three Terrell men were arrested at gunpoint in Wills Point last week after a call to the police said 3 men were running from a house firing a gun. Police responded to the call, and eventually arrested the men at a convenience store in Wills Point, and a 9 millimeter pistol was found in the car. Two other guns believed to be stolen from the house the men were running from were also found after a witness said the men had thrown objects off a bridge.

Commerce – The Motor Vehicle Department offers vehicle registration in Commerce at the Chamber office downtown each Wednesday starting at 9am. The office is closed for lunch from noon to 1, but continues to register vehicles until 4:45pm. The Chamber of Commerce office is located at 1114 Main Street in downtown Commerce.

Commerce – The traffic light at Highways 24 and 224 in Commerce is scheduled to be set to flashing today or tomorrow. Construction is complete, and TxDOT officials were waiting for final inspections before setting the light to flashing for 7 days of testing. Once the 7 days has passed, the light will be set to normal functions. The traffic light will be evaluated for 30 days to ensure smooth operation.

Commerce – 18 year old Tory McCulloch has been charged with 7 counts of burglary of a vehicle and one count of burglary of a building after he was seen taking items out of cars in front of Berry Hall on the A&M-Commerce campus. McCulloch, an A&M-Commerce student and resident at Berry Hall, went through several vehicles in the parking lot during daylight hours while being photographed by an eye witness who called police.

Commerce – An arrest was made last week in connection with a theft at the Performing Arts Center on the A&M-Commerce campus. 18 year old Terry Turner was charged with burglary of a building, according to A&M-Commerce Crime Information Officer Jason Bone. Turner had acquired a set of keys to the PAC, and may be responsible for numerous thefts in the building over past months. Turner is not a student at the University, but had been staying with a student living in the West Halls.

Commerce – Few details available in an accident over the weekend in Commerce that left as many as five people seriously injured. Two people were transported by helicopter to a Dallas hospital, and three others were taken to Presbyterian of Greenville in the accident that occurred off of Old Airport Road in Commerce.

Austin – Hunt County officials are gearing up for Hunt County Days in Austin this week. About 50 county leaders are scheduled to board a chartered bus and head down to Austin Tuesday morning to start 24 hours of meeting with Texas Legislators, workshops, and presenting issues aimed at improving Hunt County.

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Commerce – The second annual Cowhill Chili Fest and BBQ Cook-Off is next weekend in downtown Commerce. The kick-off party is set to begin at 5:30 next Friday with live music from Bobby Coffman's Underground Band and Ace High. More music an entertainment is scheduled for Saturday, with all-you-can eat tasting opening up to the public at 11am for 7 dollars. Contact the City of Commerce at 903-886-1100 for more information.

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